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Nigeria: Security officials assault Leadership newspaper correspondent on church premises

On 24 January 2014, on the premises of S.S Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ibadan, southwestern Nigeria, officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) assaulted Mr. Adebayo Waheed, the Oyo State correspondent for Leadership newspaper.

Waheed had gone to cover the installation of the new Archbishop of Ibadan Archdiocese, Most Reverend Gabriel Abegunrin.

He was beaten up by the NSCDC officials, who also tore his shirt.

Journalists, including Waheed, were accredited to cover the ceremony but officials of the NSCDC denied them the right to carry out their work freely.

One of the NSCDC officials threatened to seize and vandalise the journalists' equipment should they go beyond a point from the podium.

When the retiring Bishop Alaba Job was handing over the Staff of Office to his successor, the journalists moved forward and took position to capture the moment, but one of the NSCDC officials attacked them and particularly singled out Mr. Waheed.

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